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Speaker drama delays water hearing, resources markup

October 25, 2023   Energy & Environment News

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Several House committees put off hearings and votes Tuesday as Republicans worked to pick a candidate for speaker.


Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) ouster paralyzed business on the floor and in committee, with lawmakers unclear on how to proceed.


Now, even though committees have resumed their work, frequent Republican Conference meetings and uncertainty about floor votes have thwarted some plans.


The Natural Resources Committee put off a markup on drilling, wildfire and immigration-related bills. It's now scheduled for Wednesday morning.


An Energy and Commerce subcommittee was able to approve some nuclear energy bills but will continue a markup Wednesday.


The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee postponed a hearing with Army Corps of Engineers officials, who showed up to testify.


Also, the House Financial Services Committee postponed hearings on the Securities and Exchange Commission and the high cost of insurance. Many events have yet to be rescheduled.


Schedule: The Natural Resources markup is Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. in 1324 Longworth and via webcast.


Schedule: The Energy and Commerce markup continues Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn and via webcast.